The Summer is well and truly here, and that can only mean one thing, GAA and lots of it. Here we’re going to give you a few places to go after the match has ended so you can keep the celebrations going or reflect on why your county lost. Obviously we can’t include every pub, so we’ve selected a few based on proximity to the stadium, tradition, and late licenses.
We’re going to do a separate article on ‘Best GAA pubs in town’, so if a pub has been left out here, it’ll likely be in the new list.
McGowans in Phibsboro has a rich tradition of drawing crowds after the match, given its proximity to the stadium and the reputation it has as a late night spot. People from around the country know McGowans as a place to go, whether it’s midweek for the teachers, nurses, gardai, and students, or on the weekend after a big sporting event. It’s a great spot if you want to keep going late into the night, especially if the Dubs have just won.
The Boars Head, Capel street
Even though it’s a bit of a walk from Croker, The Boars Head is well known as a fantastic GAA pub in Dublin where club teams will go to celebrate a win. Their walls are littered with GAA players holding trophies aloft inside and outside the pub. A lovely spot if you’re looking for a good pint in a great traditional atmosphere.
The Big Tree, Drumcondra
The Big Tree always does a roaring trade on match days, given that they have a huge area inside and a beer garden outside. In fact, it could be said that these match days make up the bulk of their trade during the year. Not a bad complaint to have. If you’re looking for somewhere very close to the stadium, then this could be a good bet for you.
When it’s not full of students midweek, Quinns in Drumcondra plays host to GAA fans from counties around the country. It’s one of the closest pubs to the stadium and there’s always craic to be had with the opposition fans.
Murrays bar, O’Connell street
If you’re looking for a bit of a sing song after the game, then Murrays on O’Connell street is a good bet. They’re on the northside, in town, and not too far from the stadium. They’ve got traditional music 7 nights a week, plenty of space indoors, and a huge beer garden at the back.
Peadar Kearneys, Dame street
Although it’s on the southside and a good bit away from Croker, Peadars is worth the walk on a Dubs day just to hear Brian Brody playing traditional songs and really getting the crowd going. There’s not many musicians in his league in Dublin when it comes to singing passionately on a GAA day.
If you’re looking for a pub that is the home away from home for your county in Dublin, we’re working on an article that gives you a pub for each of the 32 counties of Ireland.